Chairman of the Northern Governors' Forum, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu
By John Shiklam
Only 5 of the 19 governors of the Northern states are attending their meeting under their Northern Governors Forum currently going on in Kaduna.
The other governors are either being represented by their deputies or their Secretaries to the State Governments (SSGs).
The five governor in attending the meeting at the time of this report include the chairman of the Northern Governors' Forum, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu as well as governors of Jigawa Kaduna, Nasarawa and Gombe States.
Those represented by their deputies are Kwara, Kano, Kogi, Borno, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi States while Plateau and Benue are represent by their SSGs.
Adamawa and Taraba States, according to the chairman of the forum, Babangida Aliyu sent apologies.
Those completely absent are Katsina, Yobe and Bauchi States.
In brief remarks at the opening ceremony, Dr. Mu azu Aliyu dismissed speculations about the agenda of the meeting, saying the agenda of the meeting is not what the media is speculating.